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Realistic Superhero Comic

bearhatesjazz writes about Watchmen

Moore, Gibbons


Comic: Watchmen.
Creator: Moore, Gibbons

Encapsulated. Would you recommend this? why?

Whilst many comics have tried to make their characters feel part of the real world, Watchmen truly looks at the implications of a world in which heroes and masked avengers exist - and the answers aren't comfortable

Time and Space: When and where I first encountered it

I was about 26, I had already read From Hell and loved Alan Moore's style of writing

Recollection and revelations

I'm sure that there are times when everyone has thought the world could use a superhero or fantasized about being one. But could you trust yourself if you took to being a vigilante? The characters in Watchmen were both heroes and villans at the same time. They have no official codes of conduct and answer to no-one. The level of punishment is arbitrary and they make decisions about what is good for society without consultation. Most of the characters in Watchmen do not have any genuine superpowers, but they took to wearing costumes to fight crime and in turn to moulding society to how they saw fit. It was a brilliant study on the nature of power and mirrors what society already does. We give power to individuals & give up more of our personal freedoms and forget that they will have their own morality. That they will use this power to change society to how they feel it should operate.

Before this...

From Hell

Although From Hell was the tale of the Jack the Ripper murders, its intricate plotting brought in many fantasy elements. The killer's visions of families watching TV and his visions of future killers all linked through time was breathtakingly original.

After This

The Ultimates

This took some of the most popular Marvel heroes and relaunched them in a world very similar to our own. What at first seems standard comic fare, soon demonstrates strong political commentary as our heroes are used for increasingly dubious missions

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